Fear and Loathing on the Yoga Mat
Last weekend, I took two workshops with Anton Mackey, a talented gymnast-turned-yoga teacher. The focus of the first was “Arm balances and lifts,” and the second “Handstands.” I signed up hoping that Anton would give us all his knowledge, and in no time, we would all be floating on our palms, slicing the air with our legs in perfect posture. I crouched there on my mat, preparing for a...
Fear of Change (Part 2 of a series)
Of all the things we are afraid of, the most prominent, it seems is the fear of change itself. We seem to be hard-wired to prefer pattern over spontaneity. A lack of change means security, safety, assurance that things will go on as they have. We are only willing to change if doing so would be less painful than staying in the current situation. This is why we stay in jobs we hate, because it...
Fear (Part 1 of a series)
I’m currently reading The Art of Non-Comformity by Chris Guillebeau. It’s a fascinating read, full of great ideas and concepts I think about much too often. At times, it almost feels as if I’m reading my own journal. One of the chapters in the book is the importance of conquering fear. We all have fears and insecurities, and I believe they are there for a reason. In yogic...
There are only seven days in a week and Someday isn’t one of them– Sean Ogle, location rebel
All that exists is within the mind
A spiritual guide will only bring you to the gate. You still have to open it and walk around in the dark. This is what most people are afraid of, that they can’t see into the void within. For this, we think we always need a tether to the outside world. But the eyes will adjust after a while. And then you’ll see the universe that lies within. (late night advice given to a friend)
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will...– Elbert Hubbard
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song...– Henry David Thoreau